Christmas brunch

Santa receiving an enthusiastic welcome

The annual Christmas brunch and Tree Lighting hosted by AIWC at the fabulous Intercontinental Almaty was as dazzling as ever. Big thanks to our super MCs, Michelle and Tom, and to the team of volunteers who made the day run so beautifully.

And a special thanks to our generous donors to our Christmas Raffle: Tenir Eco Hotel, Intercontinental Almaty, Ritz Carlton Almaty, Clearly Sage Organics and Shymbulak Ski School.

Welcome Back Party

Some of our gorgeous members

The welcome back party was a sensation!

Thanks to all our guests for coming, and a special thank you to our sponsors and donors: intercontinental Almaty, Ararat Kazakhstan, Efes Beer, Coca Cola and Almaty Cider.

You’re invited to our Welcome Back Party!

To celebrate the start of a new membership year and the return or arrival of many of our beloved expat community, we will be holding a party!

At 7pm Saturday, October 7, join us at Intercontinental Almaty – non members are most welcome!

There will be drinks and a full buffet, as well as a fabulous DJ.

Tickets are 20,000KZT and can be purchased by emailing Lejla on

See you there!

Bean wondering what there is to do in Almaty?

If you have (bean wondering), wonder no more – if you’re new to the city, consider joining the AIWC!

aka the Almaty International Women’s Club.

We’re a social organisation (and registered charity!), helping to connect you with other international folks in this city.

I say folks, because we are not exclusively for women. We have men as members too.

All throughout the year we meet on Wednesdays for Coffee Mornings. We have an active WhatsApp group, where you can get great answers to your most pressing Almaty questions. Most of the year we also run activity groups, such as Hiking, Russian Conversation and Craft, all organised by our incredible team of Activity Leaders.

Activity Leaders get the summer off. Which we think is very fair.

If you’re interested in joining us, please check our Members Info section in the menu above.


A piece of (pan)cake!

Our wonderful presenter, Lena, explaining Maslenitsa to the crowd at our special Vendors Day and Maslenitsa celebration at Intercontinental Hotel Almaty.

Recently we celebrated Maslenitsa, or Pancake Day with a special Coffee Morning and Vendors Market.

Thanks so much to the team for organising:

⭐️ Our bakers
⭐️ Our market vendors
⭐️ Our presenters
⭐️ Our donors

Donations were collected for Seven Trees in support of their Care Bag campaign in the lead up to International Women’s Day. The Care Bags were then packaged and a team of AIWC volunteers travelled to Seven Trees HQ to help out (well done, everyone!).

To find out more about Seven Trees, please see their website:

Thanks also to our generous hosts, InterContinental Almaty.

Ski Club Thursdays

Yes ladies and gentlemen, never forget we ❤️ both a good pun as well as some outdoor sports at AIWC!

Thursday mornings during the ski season are ski mornings, thanks to all round legend and ski club leader Tarryn who organises a brilliant day at Oi-Qaragai Mountain Resort. A wonderful team of instructors provides lessons in both English and Russian and naturally we enjoy a hearty lunch afterwards at the superb Aport Restaurant.

My chicken shashlik was literally inhaled, it was so tasty.

10/10 recommend.

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Christmas Gift Bag

Seven Trees is a fabulous organisation, supporting at risk women and children here in Almaty, and they are currently running a children’s Christmas Gift Bag campaign.
To take part as a donor, you are asked to choose an age group (2-4, 5-9, or 10-14), and then select an item from each category (sweets/cookies, toys, school supplies, hygiene items, clothing).
By taking part, you will be making a child VERY happy this festive season.
Last collection day will be 14 December. Contact Seven Trees to find out more!


Thanks to Mad Murphy’s Almaty for having us for sundowner drinks last week!
We had a blast!

Nicole, Our Mountaineer!

Last week we took a break from regular coffee scheduling to learn about one of our members’s mountaineering experiences.
Earlier this year, Nicole summited Lenin Peak, the tallest mountain in neighbouring Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. We learned what it takes to be a mountaineer: the preparation, the risks, and the specific considerations when you’re a woman climbing a mountain!
It was a fabulous presentation, and we are all in awe.
Thanks Nicole!
Thanks also to the InterContinental Almaty for hosting us
If you interested in joining us please check for membership options.